Connecting Gondwana
Leisa Gunton - The Forgotten Valley
Get creative, explore the Gondwanan flora 

Connecting Gondwana

Explore the magnificence of the giant tree fern with artist in residence Leisa Gunton.

Local artist Leisa Gunton is artist in residence at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden during March.  

Leisa considers herself a rainforest artist, inspired by the plethora of forms, textures and the many shades of green. She uses an assortment of media and techniques to create representations of nature.

During her residency Leisa wants to unravel the connection to the great southern land ‘Gondwana’. Which leads to her fascination with fossils and ferns and in particular the magnificent tree ferns.

Leisa is an active member of Little Yabba Bushcare, Land for Wildlife and is a volunteer at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. She aims to inspire others to care for our beautiful and important forests.

Leisa is in residence in the Arts and Ecology Centre from 6 - 31 March. The studio will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm between these dates.


Botanical Ceramics – Friday, 10 March (10am-2pm)

Join Leisa for a hand-building ceramic workshop. Experience the pleasure of using ferns, sticks and rocks create a small vessel that reminds us of our connection to Gondwana and the Botanic Garden. No experience necessary. All materials and firing included.

Bookings essential - $120, only 10 places available.

Mixed media workshop – Friday, 24 March (10am-2pm)

This workshop is an opportunity to play with a variety of media and materials including plaster, water colour, frottage, natural ochres, coloured sand, charcoal, pastels and foliage. Have fun experimenting and creating with these materials. No experience necessary, suitable for 12 years and above.

Bookings essential - $80, only 12 places available.

For further information on the workshops contact Leisa Gunton on [email protected]